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Family of David Harmon COFFMAN Senior (1) & Mary Ann Elizabeth LOVELL

2. Lovell S. COFFMAN. Born on 7 May 1775 in Fauquier County, Virginia. At the age of 66, Lovell S. died in Giles County, Tennessee on 24 Feb 1842. Buried in Feb 1842 in Coffman Cemetery, Giles County, Tennessee. Occupation: Farmer.

Lovell was in Limestone, Alabama in 1810. He was one of the first settlers there and was one of the settlers who protested the use of soldiers that forced the settlers off of Indian land. Lovell stayed and entered his land as soon as it was put on the market. In 1824, he sold his land (160 acres) to Thomas Gilbert and moved to Fords Creek in Giles County, Tennessee. He and Sarah both died in Giles County, Tennessee. William Metcalfe (Jacob, Lovell, Seabern Joseph, Henry Drew) says that Lovell moved from Alabama in about 1839 to Red River County, Texas. He also says that Lovell was married to a Cathryn Howard, born 1801, died in 1884 ????.

Lovell S. married Sarah GREENE, daughter of Filmer GREENE & Ann ?. Born on 4 Jun 1785. At the age of 67, Sarah died in Giles County, Tennessee on 10 Mar 1853. Buried in Mar 1853 in Coffman Cemetery, Giles County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
i. Monity. Born in 1806.

ii. Savory Ann. Born in 1808.

Savory Ann married M.O. HILL.

iii. Malinda. Born in 1810.

Malinda married Robert TURNER.

iv. Sarah. Born in 1813 in Limeston County, Alabama. At the age of 29, Sarah died in Giles County, Tennessee on 25 Feb 1842.

Sarah married Robert HARWELL.

v. Elizabeth. Born in 1815 in Limeston County, Alabama. At the age of 56, Elizabeth died in Lauderdale County, Alabama in 1871.

In 1835 when Elizabeth was 20, she married Charles PEARSON, in Limeston County, Alabama.

vi. Jacob. Born in 1816 in Limestone County, Alabama. At the age of 31, Jacob died in 1847. Cause of death: Mexican War.

12 vii. Lovell J. (1817-1897)
viii. Markham Greene. Born on 30 Dec 1820 in Limestone County, Alabama. At the age of 76, Markham Greene died on 20 Dec 1897.

In 1844 when Markham Greene was 23, he first married Mary LEWTER. Born in 1824.

In 1855 when Markham Greene was 34, he second married Minerva ALDRIDGE.

In 1870 when Markham Greene was 49, he third married Grey MYERS.

ix. Louise. Born in 1824 in Giles County, Tennessee.

Louise married Abner HARWELL. Born abt 1825.

x. Marshall. Born in 1826 in Limeston County, Alabama.

In 1844 when Marshall was 18, he married Mary ABERNATHY. Born in 1825.

xi. Robert Clay. Born on 9 Mar 1828 in Giles County, Tennessee. At the age of 62, Robert Clay died in Dyer County, Tennessee on 12 Mar 1890.

On 17 Jun 1852 when Robert Clay was 24, he first married Martha Jane TAYLOR. Born on 9 Oct 1832. At the age of 38, Martha Jane died in Dyer County, Tennessee on 27 Jul 1871.

Robert Clay second married Emma V. ?.


3. Jacob Maryon COFFMAN. Born on 23 Feb 1777 in Fauquier County, Virginia. At the age of 82, Jacob Maryon died in Cherokee County, Alabama after 1860.

Jacob was a farmer and Primitive Baptist preacher, and was on the Board of Trustees of the church known as Robertsons Creek Meeting House, located on the south side of Robertson Creek in Hawkins County, Tennessee. In December 1808, his father gave him 60 acres of land, being the lower tract of 200 acres granted by North Carolina, November 18, 1795, to David Coffman, where Jacob lived on the fork of Bent Creek, adjoining Lovell Coffman.

The Bent Creek Cemetery, located in the upper end of Hamblen County in Eastern Tennessee about a mile south of the little village of Whitesburg, marked its 150th anniversary. Settlment in this part of the country had commenced shortly after the Revolutionary War and in 1785 Bent Creek Baptist Church had organized with Tydence Lane as the first pastor, and with Isaac Barton, Wiliam Murphy, James Roddye, Jacob Coffman, Samuel Riggs, William Horner, and many others prominent in its growth. The burying ground was given in 1810, 25 years after the organization of the church, by William Horner. Andrew Coffman (1784-1864) is on
of the names on the old tombstones. (The above was published in the Ansearchin News, July, 1960) - (also printed in the DAR magazine on pg. 41, issue dated January 1970). Jacob sold 244 acrs of land 1837 and by 1840 was in Alabama. Cherokee County, Alabama 1860 census shows Jacob to be 83 years old, his wife Nancy age 80. June 8, 1842 was Jacob granted 120 acres of land in Cherokee County, Alabama and again on February 9, 1852 he was granted another 120 acres for his services as an officer in the War of 1812. This land was just north of Cedar Bluff. Here he preached at the Unity Missionary Baptist Church. He died sometime after 1860 and is buried in the Coffman Cemetery near this church, four miles north of Cedar Bluff, Alabama. Directions are: from Alabama Highway 9 and Alabama Highway 68 in Cedar Bluff, go 2.2 miles north on Highway 8. Just past a green bridge, turn left on Cherokee County Road #75, go about 2.4 miles to another bridge. Just past the bridge the road makes a Y - go left on Cherokee County Road #82 and the cemetery will be in sight. The church was organized in 1835 and burned to the ground on July 20 1992, accroding to cemetery records, Cherokee County, Alabama 1840-1960 by Stewart. Jacob was on the payroll of militia commanded by Captain James J. Laughmiller in the Regiment commanded by Colonel Ewin Allison, 1814, Hawkins County, Tennessee. Jacob owned much land, a gin and cotton factory.

On 11 Nov 1799 when Jacob Maryon was 22, he married Nancy WALKER, in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

They had the following children:
13 i. Lovell (1800-1843)
ii. Cathryn. Born on 17 Dec 1801.

14 iii. James Marion (1802-1882)
iv. Maryon. Born on 30 Nov 1803.

v. Franky. Born on 25 Aug 1805.

15 vi. David (1808-)
vii. Jane. Born on 2 Jun 1809.

Jane married Jacob McLAUGHLIN.

viii. Elizabeth. Born on 1 Jan 1811.

ix. Susannah. Born on 31 Jan 1813.

x. Adah. Born on 1 Jan 1817.

Adah Coffman and Louiza Coffman are twins.

Adah married David C. COBB.

xi. Louiza. Born on 1 Jan 1817.

Adah Coffman and Louiza Coffman are twins

Louiza married Claiborne PUCKETT.


4. Elizabeth COFFMAN. Born in 1779 in Faquier County, Virginia. Elizabeth died in Limestone County, Alabama. Buried in Arledge Cemetery., located on the Townsend Place, Al-TN line.

In 1798 when Elizabeth was 19, she married John LEGG, son of Edward LEGG & Sarah GARRETT, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born in Jan 1775 in Prince Georges County, Maryland. At the age of 35, John died in Jefferson County, Tennessee in 1811.

They had the following children:
i. Mary. Born in 1798 in Knox County, Tennessee. Alias/AKA: "Polly".

In 1818 when Mary was 20, she married William SKEATES, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born in 1788 in Jefferson County, Tennessee.

16 ii. Lovell (1802-1887)
17 iii. James (1805-)
18 iv. Edward (1805-1885)
v. Sarah. Born in 1811 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 54, Sarah died in Oct 1865.

In 1829 when Sarah was 18, she married William McKINNEY.


5. Andrew COFFMAN. Born on 22 Dec 1784 in Virginia. At the age of 79, Andrew died in Hamblen County, Tennessee on 1 Sep 1864. Occupation: Farmer, magistrate, and deacon. Religion: Baptist Minister.

Andrew Coffman was a Baptist minister for 37 years, and also a soldier in the War of 1812 under Jackson. Andrew inherited the old home place near Russellville, Tennessee built by his father, David, in 1783. He was a private in Copeland's command 1812/1815. A personal friend of Andrew Jackson who visited him in the old home on his way to Washington, DC, when he was president of the United States. Andrew walked from his home to Nashville in order to join Jackson to go fight the Battle of New Orleans.

Second pastor of Bent Creek Baptist Church.

Military: Andrew served as a soldier of the War of 1812, serving under Jackson at New Orleans. Served with Captain Zachaes Copeland's Company from 8 October 1813 to February 1814.

On 8 Jan 1812 when Andrew was 27, he married Nancy LEGG, daughter of Edward LEGG & Mary GOVER, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 23 Jan 1789. At the age of 83, Nancy died on 22 Oct 1872.

They had the following children:
i. Markham Marshall. Born on 11 Oct 1816. At the age of 23, Markham Marshall died in Alabama on 20 Nov 1839.

19 ii. William Humphreys (1819-1880)
iii. David D.. Born on 7 Sep 1821. At the age of 116, David D. died on 22 Oct 1937.

20 iv. James Edward (1824-1895)

6. Sarah COFFMAN. Born abt 1785 in Virginia. At the age of 80, Sarah died in 1865. Resided in District 34, Madison County, Alabama in 1850. Alias/AKA: "Sallie".

On 31 Aug 1803 when Sarah was 18, she married John MEALS, son of Samuel MEALS (1759-1802) & Winnie JOHNSTON (1762-1828), in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 15 Jun 1783 in Virginia. At the age of 80, John died in Madison County, Alabama in 1864. Resided in District 34, Madison County, Alabama in 1850.

John Meals was an assignee of land grants as early as 1812 in Alabama and moved there in 1818. He became active in community affairs in the new county of Madison, Alabama.

They had the following children:
21 i. Mary Ann (1804-1892)
22 ii. Elizabeth (1806-1897)
23 iii. Susan (1812-)

Sarah Coffman, sixth child of David Coffman, SR, married John Meals, son of Samuel and Winnie Meals. The Meals were in Lincoln County, Tennessee, as early as 1812 and in Madison County, Alabama by 1817.

7. Nancy COFFMAN. Born on 22 Apr 1787 in Green County, North Carolina. At the age of 76, Nancy died in Limeston County, Alabama on 5 Oct 1863. Resided in Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

On 24 Feb 1808 when Nancy was 20, she married William LEGG, son of Edward LEGG & Mary GOVER, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 19 Apr 1788 in Pittsylvania County, Virginia. At the age of 77, William died in Limestone County, Alabama on 18 Jun 1865. Resided in Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

They had the following children:
i. John G.. Born in 1808.

24 ii. Sarah (1809-1860)
iii. Mary. Born on 29 Dec 1811 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 75, Mary died on 14 Dec 1887.

On 17 Dec 1834 when Mary was 22, she married Robert Eli SUMNERS.

25 iv. David C. (1814-)
v. Edward. Born in 1816. At the age of 39, Edward died on 18 Nov 1855.

In Sep 1845 when Edward was 29, he married Elizabeth Ann ARLEDGE.

vi. Elizabeth. Born on 22 Dec 1815. At the age of 64, Elizabeth died on 28 Jul 1880.

vii. Nancy.

26 viii. Andrew C. (1820-1900)
ix. Daniel Meals. Born on 24 Oct 1824. At the age of 86, Daniel Meals died on 2 May 1911.

On 4 Jun 1846 when Daniel Meals was 21, he married Letty Jane HANEY.


8. Mary Ann COFFMAN. Born on 2 Mar 1789 in Tennessee. At the age of 79, Mary Ann died in Clarksburg, 13th District, Carroll County, Tennessee on 1 Jul 1868. Buried in Jul 1868 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850. Occupation: Homemaker.

Member of the Bent Creek Bapist Church, Whitesburg, Tennessee, in 1817.

On 1 May 1810 when Mary Ann was 21, she married Daniel J. MEALS, son of Samuel MEALS (1759-1802) & Winnie JOHNSTON (1762-1828), in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born on 25 Nov 1791 in Virginia. At the age of 78, Daniel J. died in Clarksburg, Carroll County, Tennesee on 6 Jan 1870. Buried in 1870 in Coffman Cemetery, Henderson County, Tennessee. Daniel J. served in the War of 1812 - 2 REG'T (LILLARD'S) EAST TENNESSEE VOLS. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850. Occupation: Farmer. Religion: Primitive Baptist Preacher.

In 1819, the Meals family moved to Madison County, Alabama, and then to Limestone County, Alabama. David Coffman sold Daniel most of his land on Shoal Creek. Daniel was also the administrator of the impoverished of Beat #5 of Limestone County in 1846. On 17 October 1849, Daniel sold his land to Gary Gilbert and moved to Henderson County, Tennessee. Daniel's will was filed for probate in Carroll County Court, Tennessee in February 1870.





Member of the Bent Creek Baptist Church, Whitesburg, Tennessee, in 1817.
Daniel J. Meals purchased land in the Huntsville Land Office in Huntsville, Alabama, on October 16, 1835 - Section 8, Township 1S, Range 5W, Baseline - HUNTSVILLE, 40 acres.

Daniel J. Meals purchased land in the Huntsville Land Office in Huntsville, Alabama, on May 10, 1848. TITLE AUTHORITY: Cash Sale; DATE: May 10, 1848; ALIQUOT PARTS: NWSE; SECTION NUMBER: 7; TOWNSHIP: 1S; RANGE: 5W; BASE LINE: Huntsville; TOTAL ACRES: 40.14.

Obituary: From the 1837-1894 BIG SANDY BAPTIST ASSOCIATION MINUTE BOOK, pages 121-122:


Obituary of Elder Daniel Meals and wife

The former was born Nov the 25th 1791, and departed this life Jan the 6th 1870 in the 79th year of his age. The latter, Mary Ann Meals his wife, was born March the 2nd 1789, and departed this life July the 1st 1868 in the 80th year of her age. They had lived together nearly 59 years. They both joined the Regular Baptist in 1816; and lived and died in the full fellowship of the Baptists, , without a delinquent mark against them. They left six children, three of them belonging to the same church, to mourn the loss of their beloved parents. All who knew them are left to mourn their loss, as they died having no enemies. Brother Meals had been a servant of the church from the time of his joining it, to his last. He served after he was ordained, between twenty and thirty years; and for many years as Moderator of the Association. In his last illness he seemed resigned and composed. He said that he was fully satisfied that the doctrine which he had embraced was the truth, the doctrine of God and the Bible; and he was willing to meet the God whom he had worshiped, and account for his stewardship, as he would reconcile no other to his experience and the Bible. In his last hours he repeated the following lines sumingly with much composure. The time of trouble and joys, Geat God are in thy hands
My sweetest comforts come from thee and go at thy commands
If thou shouldst take they all away, I dare not then repine Before they were presented by me, they were entirely thine.

He was a strong defender of the doctrine of the Resurection of the dead for which he suffered persecution by some, while contending for its doctrine with the pact(?) who says

My flesh shall slumber in the ground
Till the last trumpet joyful sound
Then burst the chain with sweet surprise
And in my Savior's image rise.

S. H. Meals Moderator
N. G. Phillips



Residence: Daniel Meals, Henderson County, Tennessee, owned six slaves during the 1860 Census.

They had the following children:
i. Nancy E.. Born on 23 Mar 1811 in Jefferson County, Tennessee. At the age of 46, Nancy E. died in Henderson County, Tennessee on 7 Sep 1857. Resided in District 8, Henderson County, Tennessee in 1850.

27 ii. Samuel H. (1813-1895)
28 iii. Rebecca (1815-1876)
29 iv. James A. (1817-1893)
v. Sally. Born on 21 Jul 1819. At the age of 9, Sally died on 21 Feb 1829.

30 vi. Lewis M. (1821-1892)
31 vii. Mary Ann (1823-1852)
32 viii. Sarah A. (1826-1894)
33 ix. Elizabeth L. (1829-)
34 x. William M. (1832-1894)

Mary Ann Coffman, 8th Child of David Coffman, Senior, married in Jefferson County, Tennessee, to Daniel J. Meals, son of Samuel and Winnie Meals.

Obituary: The former was born November the 25th, 1791, and departed this life January 6th, 1870 in the 79th year of his age. The latter, Mary Ann Meals his wife, who was born March the 2nd, 1789, and departed this life July the 1st 1868 in the 80th year of her age - They had lived together nearly 59 years. They both joined the Regular Baptist in 1816; and lived and died in the full fellowship of the Baptist, without a delinquent mark against them. They left six children, three of them belonging to the same church, to mourn the loss of their beloved parents. All who knew them, are left to mourn this loss, as they died leaving no enemies. Brother Meals had been a servant of the church from the time of his joining it, to his death.

He served after he was ordained, between twenty & thirty years; and for many years as the Moderator of the Association. On his last illness, he seemed resigned and composed. He said he was fully satisfied that the doctrine which he had embraced was the truth, the doctrine of God and the Bible; and he was willing to meet the God whom he had worshipped, and account for his stewartship as he could reconcile no other to his experience and the Bible. In his last hours he repeated the following lines seemingly with much composure.

"The time of trouble and joys, Great God are in thy hands. My sincerest comfort
come from this and go at thy command. Of thou shouldst take them all away, I
dare not thou then ????. Before they were possessed by me, they were entirely
thine."

He was a strong defender of the doctrine of the Resurrection of the dead for which he suffered persecution by some, while contending for its doctrine with the past who says... (second page is missing).


9. David Harmon COFFMAN Junior. Born on 3 Jan 1791 in Tennessee. At the age of 78, David Harmon died in Lauderdale County, Alabama on 10 Aug 1869. Buried in Aug 1869 in Anderson Cemetery, Anderson, Lauderdale County, Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

David Harmon first married Rhoda SHELTON. Born in 1794 in Tennessee. At the age of 59, Rhoda died on 2 Nov 1853. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

They had the following children:
i. William L.. Born on 20 Oct 1816.

35 ii. Jessee J. (1818-)
iii. Sarah. Born in 1819 in Tennessee. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

36 iv. Robert J. (1821-1895)
v. Mary Ann. Born on 22 Mar 1822.

vi. Nancy Ann. Born on 22 Mar 1825. At the age of 44, Nancy Ann died on 10 Aug 1869. Buried in Aug 1869 in Anderson Cemetery, Anderson, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

Per email from Doris Jones James on February 4, 2001: Subject: Coffman/Akers - I have found in my research Nancy Ann Coffman married Alfred Harrison Akers 11 Jan. 1844. He died in 1868 in Giles County, Tenn. his will was probated in court 12 October 1865 in Giles County, Tennessee with final settlement 28 March 1868 in Giles Co., Tenn. he left use of personal property to his wife Nancy Ann Akers until her death. Property was to be sold and equally divided between her two nephews John L. Jones and Stephen H. Jones. She is buried beside her father, David Harmon Coffman born 3 Jan. 1791 and died 10 Aug. 1869 in Anderson Cemetery, Anderson, Lauderdale Co., Ala. On her other side
is her husband, Alfred H. Akers born 19 Sept. 1822 in Lauderdale Co., Ala.
and died 6 Sept. 1865. Beside Alfred is 11 unmarked graes marked with
fieldstones. Then we find James Jones who also signed Alfred's father's will as a witness.

Doris Jones James

On 11 Jan 1844 when Nancy Ann was 18, she married Alfred Harrison AKERS. Born on 19 Sep 1822 in Lauderdale County, Alabama. At the age of 42, Alfred Harrison died in Giles County, Tennessee on 6 Sep 1865. Buried in Sep 1865 in Anderson Cemetery, Anderson, Lauderdale County, Alabama.

37 vii. David Harmon (1827-1880)
viii. Rhoda Evaline. Born on 15 Dec 1829.

ix. Serena Ann Elizabeth. Born on 20 Jan 1832.

x. Coleman H.. Born on 12 Nov 1833 in Tennessee. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

xi. James Shelton. Born on 13 May 1839 in Tennessee. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

xii. Lucinda.


David Harmon second married Louvinia BROWNING.

10. Rebecca COFFMAN. Born in 1797 in Tennessee. At the age of 64, Rebecca died in Limestone County, Alabama in 1861.

On 28 Aug 1816 when Rebecca was 19, she married William Cannon WALKER, in Jefferson County, Tennessee. Born in 1796. At the age of 74, William Cannon died in Limestone County, Alabama on 8 Mar 1870.

They had the following children:
i. Pleasant. Born before 1817.

ii. William C.. Born before 1819.

iii. Lousie. Born before 1821.

iv. James. Born before 1823.

v. Mary Ann. Born before 1824.

vi. Hamilton. Born before 1825.

vii. Lovell. Born on 29 Jul 1829.

viii. David. Born before 1831.

ix. Elizabeth. Born before 1833.

x. Sarah. Born before 1835.

xi. Marcum. Born before 1837.


11. Markham Marshall COFFMAN. Born in 1798 in Tennessee. At the age of 57, Markham Marshall died in Madison County, Alabama abt 1855. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

On 10 Apr 1822 when Markham Marshall was 24, he married Margaret WALKER, in Madison County, Alabama. Born in 1803 in Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

They had the following children:
38 i. Martha Ann (1824-1853)
ii. James David. Born on 12 Feb 1827 in Alabama. Resided in Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

James David married Harriet E. ?. Born in 1831 in Alabama. Resided in Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

iii. Matilda. Born on 20 Feb 1830.

iv. Mary. Born in 1832 in Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

v. Hopkins. Born in 1836 in Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

vi. Markham. Born in 1838 in Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.

vii. Margaret. Born on 20 Nov 1844 in Alabama. Resided in District Four, Limestone County, Alabama in 1850.


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